Recently played games:
Top 10 + Hot 10 = my favourite 20 games
Favourite games for number of players:
Find something else to do (often BGG). Pandemic when desperate.
Crokinole (4), Lords of Waterdeep (3,4), Thebes (3,4), Scotland Yard, Scrabble
Tikal (2,4), Suburbia (2,4), 7 Wonders (4-7), Small World (2,4), Splendor (2,4), Biblios (2,4), Galaxy Trucker (4)
Age of Empires III (2,3,5) Pandemic (2,3), Archipelago (2,3,5), San Marco (3), Inkognito, Fairy Tale (3,5), 500, Louis XIV
Citadels (4,6), El Grande, TransAmerica (4,6)
Medici (4,5), Apples to Apples (4+), For Sale (4,5)
The Resistance (5+) or split up and play two games
Pitchcar (4+), Diamant (4-7)
My user name is based on the games group I started in 2005. Critical Mass Games Nights. Chermside and Indooroopilly.
I was too lazy to come up with a different name for me. I had actually been on BGG for several years before but lost track of my previous user name with changes to email and forgetting passwords. Old user names include Haze and Crux but they seem to have been deleted recently.
For more about me see my Geek of the Week thread:Geek of the Week #151: Critical Mass (Andrew H)
Feel free to post questions on the thread any time.
Other forums of interest:
The original discussion to make Geek of the Week
The first of many- Geek of the Week: Melissa Rogerson (Melissa)
Geeklists of interest:
The original community geeklist which used a dummy account to allow other users to add items-Aldie took the idea and allowed public addition of items. (I created it with an old user name)Sooo many pieces
The subsequent installation of Aldie's first communal geeklistWhat was the last game you played?
The idea of having box dimensions and weight on each game's info page, now instituted by Aldie.http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/32090/box-dimensions-and-w...
I was introduced to European games in 2002 but I have always been into games in general.
My family often played games together when I was young, especially when we were on holidays (still true). My sisters played kids games with me until we were teenagers. My Nana taught me Cribbage, Canasta, Mah Jong and Scrabble as well as a love for literature, and British history. Dad taught me Chess. My parents taught me 500, which they still like to play with my wife and me.
My best friend Paul introduced me to Play by Mail games and Dungeons and Dragons which I spent far more time reading about than actually playing. It is a pattern that seems to be repeating now with modern games and BGG.
I was given games as gifts a lot when I was young (still true) but once I found Napoleons Military Bookshop (which is still around) I started buying games for myself (and games expansions and computer games). Whenever I went to the city or the local shops I would always check if there were any new games. Sadly in Brisbane the range of available games has been pretty limited most of the time.
I like the social aspect of gaming and of BGG; I enjoy being with other people and having fun together, thus my organising of regular games nights which have become regular events at libraries across Brisbane and on BGG my input creating communal geeklists and Geek of the Week. I prefer games that are not extremely long or overly complex.
My games timeline would be something like this:
197? - Kids games, family games, party games
198? - Traditional games (Chess, Cribbage, 500, Mah Jong)
1981 - 1992 Fantasy /RPGs (Talisman, D&D, Magic Realm, Heroquest, Dungeon quest)
1990 Play by mail games
1986 - 1992 Computer games on the Mac (Syndicate, Warlord 1&2)
1993 - Computer games on the PC (Discworld 1&2, Warcraft2/Starcraft, Daggerfall, Fallout 1&2, Medieval Total War, Spore, Beyond Good and Evil, XCOM EU EW 2)
1994 - 1996 CCG's (Magic the Gathering, Heresy)
2002 - Euros (played Medici then I tried to find it. BGG happened)
2002 - BGG (BGG T&E, BGG Werewolf, suggested communal geeklists and started Geek of the Week)
2005 - Critical Mass Games Nights (regular games group becomes too big to host at home)
2009 - Critical Mass moves to Indooroopilly Library, Kevin starts Critical Mass North (Chermside)
2011 - Critical Mass Chermside becomes weekly thanks to Kevin, Kye and public demand. Critical Mass Kenmore begins. Danny takes over hosting Indooroopilly.
2012 - Critical Mass Kenmore makes a strategic retreat. It will be back.
2014 - Jason starts Playtestfest starts up at Indooroopilly.
2015 - Playtestfest moves to Kenmore.
Games listed as Want to Play I would like to play for the first time.